CPSC Recalls 1.3 Million Dishwashers for Fire Hazard
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a voluntary recall of 1.3 million GE and Hotpoint dishwashers because of a fire risk, news reports say. As Aaron Cooper writes for CNN, CPSC said the recall is for machines sold between March 2006 through August 2009, and costing from $350 to $850 each. They were sold at appliance and other stores, and by builders.
The models, according to CPSC’s press release, include GE, GE Adora™, GE Eterna™, GE Profile™ and Hotpoint®, Dishwashers, in black, white, bisque, stainless steel, and CleanSteel™ exterior finishes. The 15 reports of dishwasher heating element failures that GE has received include seven fires, three of which caused extensive property damage, although no injuries have been reported, CSPC says.
The model and serial numbers of the affected dishwashers appear in the chart below. Consumers can find those numbers on a metallic plate on the left tub wall that is visible when the door is opened.
The CPSC cautions owners of these dishwashers:
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dishwashers, disconnect the electric supply by shutting off the fuse or circuit breaker controlling it and inform all users of the dishwasher about the risk of fire.
CPSC advises owners of the dishwashers to contact GE for a free in-home repair, or to receive a GE rebate of $75 towards the purchase of a new GE front-control plastic tub dishwasher, or a rebate of $100 towards the purchase of a new GE front-control stainless tub dishwasher, or a GE Profile top control dishwasher. Consumers, the agency writes, should not return the recalled dishwashers to the retailer where they purchased them, because retailers are not prepared to take the units back.
The CPSC is interested in receiving additional incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or that involve a different hazard with the same product. The agency asks consumer to tell it about their experience with the products on SaferProducts.gov.
For additional information, dishwasher owners can call GE toll-free, at 866-918-8760, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or they can visit www.geappliances.com/recall. CPSC’s Recall Hotline number is 800-638-2772.